MikroTik Routers and Switches Room for Improvement

TamsanqaSemela
IT Systems Engineer at Mozolo Technologies
We've had difficulties allocating different hubs with different IPs. At times, some users use it on one range and can access computers on another range. We thought isolation would help, but it hasn't. When you assign IP addresses to ports, people can still access those ports, and that's really frustrating. The solution doesn't offer very good documentation. When we had questions around isolation and allocating different hubs and IPs, we couldn't find any verifiable answers. The solution's website isn't that good. When I go to it, I can't find what I'm looking for. However, if I go to a third party's website, I can easily find the information. View full review »
reviewer1405380
Information Technology Manager at a logistics company with 51-200 employees
My first impressions of the MikroTik router I have are that it is old and slow. I would like to see a higher throughput in the switch. The throughput speeds are killing us. Our VPN speeds are not up to par. MikroTik may make some routers and switches that do have higher throughput, but the models that we are using are not in that group of products. The security itself is lacking. For instance, most later model routers have web filtering so we can filter out websites and types. I would like to just be able to go in and say that I want to block out porn sites, or I want to block out hate speech — whatever the case may be. I would like to do that and get it done in an expeditious manner and have it work as expected. There is nothing like that type of simplicity and functionality in this router. So, the two main things that I look for in a router — speed and filtering by classification — are two things that I did not see. It is working, so I kind of leave it alone for right now because I do not really have the time to figure out what is making it work at all. I do know that the interface is very archaic-looking. It does not seem like the ease-of-use was a major concern in the development of the product. It is not very good in the area of user-friendly. Another problem that I do not like about the MikroTik routers is that I have to use a specific program called Winbox to access it and configure it. I should not be limited to accessing the configuration using just one tool. View full review »
Udochi Ododo
Manager, Technical Planning and Solutions Design at Galaxy Backbone Ltd
The routers that this vendor makes are quite small and I think that they should make their products such that they conform to what the industry is used to. Not that it matters from a technical perspective, but often, customers see the size of the router and they think that it is used for a small environment because of its size. They look at the router and because it doesn't look like the Huawei or Cisco models, they think that it is underpowered because of the size. If they changed the external look and feel of the products to match what the enterprise environment is used to, then it would be good. Again, in no way does it affect the performance. Rather, it's just the perception. They should improve technical support and make direct access available to the customers. View full review »
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reviewer1294242
Engineer in Computer Sciences at a government with 201-500 employees
Next year, we are planning to buy a hardware firewall from Sophos. The firewall and the VPN features in MikroTik are a little bit hard to set and are not user-friendly in terms of configuring those features. The protection of the web servers, VPN, and spam mail management, will be better in the Sophos model which we want to buy. We'll still use MikroTik for routing between our objects, however, for the main firewall features and VPN features, we want to use something more specific for this job. There's a new VPN protocol called WireGuard. It's very good to implement MikroTik in the router as firmware. It is more configurable, with WireGuard. It's very practical. View full review »
reviewer248214
User at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
The solution doesn't fit every need. There are lots of things you cannot do. There is no management and there is no controller in wireless. It's not a real whole network. You have to work them into other solutions. Mikrotik is mostly a standalone solution and you have to manage how it relates to other solutions, unlike Cisco, which is something that you can easily put into an ecosystem. They could improve their product if they set, for instance, a controller for wireless LAN. That would allow them to really have something more than an access point. View full review »
NikitaMoroz
Team Lead at a comms service provider with 1-10 employees
I would like to see a cluster feature added, where multiple devices can be configured and managed as one. One is in a standby state while the other is active, and if one fails then the other takes over. The stability can be improved. View full review »
GalFuchs
Technical Support Engineer at Point PC
In the Israeli market, we are in need of Hebrew support. We would like a Hebrew GUI or something that can translate it. We need this because when we remotely support end-users, they do not always speak English. Hebrew would be lovely. There are a lot of issues regarding the power supply. The interface for this solution is in need of a dashboard. Thinking about somebody who is in control of hundred of small routers, they need a way to manage all of them. View full review »
Rodney Teopengco
Chief Solutions Architect at Tech2go Strategic IT Solutions
They lack the extended warranty for the equipment. They only provide a warranty for one year as compared to the other vendors who offer a warranty for three years, five years, and lifetime, etc. View full review »
MartynasLaugalys
Network Expert at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
The biggest thing that needs improvement is the support. There are lots of bugs but you can find workarounds for these. However, without support for professional use, you don't know when it fails and why it fails. You have to troubleshoot on your own. View full review »
Mahmood Shah
Solutions architect at NetSys
The MikroTik weblog, web user log, was supposed to be remotely accessible. However, it was not as good as I had wanted it to be. I found its functionality disappointing. There's no proper interface. They show only IPs but not the DNS address or complete address. It only shows the IP addresses. Also, they only show real-time data and not the history of the user's log address. We would like to see a history on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. The solution needs to improve its security firewalls and mirror that of, for example, Sophos, or FortiGate. The solution needs to focus on UTM in its devices. View full review »
reviewer1042011
NOC Manager/Network Administrator at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
Configuring load balancing requires a very ground-level configuration that is not easy for normal users. The user interface allows you to do a lot of things, but it is not user-friendly. View full review »
reviewer1283643
Network Security Engineer at a outsourcing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The manageability of the web-based UI needs to be improved. I still prefer to use the Winbox application. It would be great if they included some next-generation features in the future. View full review »
reviewer1469073
Director at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
This solution is good, but my network is growing and it is no longer sufficient for us. We are considering a Hybrid model or we will replace MikroTik with another good OEM, such as Cisco, or Juniper. There are limitations to how many users you have simultaneously. It's a max of 300 users. View full review »
reviewer1461591
IT Infrastructure Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
It would be very good if these products are accessible via different kinds of shells and GUI. It will make these solutions very usable. View full review »
reviewer1388337
Senior System Engineer at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
The batch management could be improved. View full review »
reviewer997284
Network Engineer at a maritime company with 201-500 employees
The queuing functionality needs improvement. The initial setup could be simplified. View full review »
Erik Jansson
Technology Manager at Klinic Community Health
Wireless throughput has not kept up with the competition. View full review »
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